Being an island cast off the bottom of Australia means we're not your typical destination. We have a few odd quirks, some cracker secrets and a handful of locals (some furry) that are waiting to meet you. Why should you visit? Well, we've gathered a few reasons...
1. Because where else can you play a game of footy on a gravel field but Queenstown? Hurting knees since 1895.
2. Or frolic through the world's largest privately owned lavender farm?
3.Where can you meet cows that understand branding? They're our quiet ambassadors.
4. Where's better to eat an apple than the Apple Isle? Our apples are ripe for the picking - straight from the tree out the back door if you're staying at the Foxhole in Woodbridge.
5. Where can you bellow at the top of your lungs and not get a knock on the door? Our Jurassic-like South West landscape feels seemingly forgotten by the rest of the world.
6. How often do you get met by a face like this? Our locals are friendly....
7. Some almost small enough to pack in your case...
8. And others a little bit special.
9. Where else do farmers utilise push bikes? Some think we're a bit old-fashioned...but pedal power has made a come back.
10. How often do you come across someone who loves their job this much? Plus carries your lunch.
11. And where else have you finished a bushwalk and arrived to a linen-topped table, oysters and Tasmanian champagne?
12. In these parts, the traffic jams are manageable.
13. But sometimes you might prefer to walk....
14. It's not hard to find a quiet lunch spot in the great outdoors....like Pirates Bay Lookout.
15. Or perched up The Blade overlooking Tasman Island for the more adventurous...
16. Some have even been spotted enjoying a pizza pontoon-style.
17. And when winter comes our capital lights up...Dark Mofo and bon fires and festivals in orchards will keep you warm.
18. You'll be spoiled with art....that you don't necessarily have to understand...
19. But visiting a gin lab might make sense of everything....under the watchful eye of Master Distiller Bill McHenry.
20. There are many paths to take in Tasmania but we guarantee yours will be a hoot!
We have one beautiful backyard.
Come join us :)
Words & images: Alice Hansen
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